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New Year revolutions


by Pippa Greenwood

The New Year is a good time to re-evaluate our gardens, whether they're the size of a small postage stamp, or a sprawling country estate.


Pippa GreenwoodIf, like most people over Christmas, you've eaten too much and not had enough exercise or fresh air, it's time to shake off your lethargy and get back out into the garden.

The New Year is a good time to re-evaluate our gardens, whether they're the size of a small postage stamp, or a sprawling country estate. Like many gardeners in January, I'm thinking about the things I'd like to change. These plans are known around here as mummy's 'New Year revolutions' — because like most resolutions, they get repeated each year!

First on my list of 'revolutions' is the vow to improve my meagre success with carrots. Only the purple varieties seem to work for me, so I'll be sticking with them in 2009; I think I'll skip a year before trying orange cultivars again.

On the basis that next summer surely can't be any shorter or cooler than the one we had in 2008, I've sent off for some sweet potato slips. I'm hoping that we'll have the right conditions for producing a successful harvest this time around (last year it seemed I was producing a crop of water chestnuts).

I'm also intending to start a small asparagus bed. Asparagus is a fascinating vegetable. Until a couple of years ago I heartily disliked it, but now I've fallen for its charms I'm going to attempt to grow it myself. Wish me luck.



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Gardeners' World Web User 02/01/2009 at 13:50

Good Luck!

Gardeners' World Web User 02/01/2009 at 15:10

try early nantes in buckets ,got a great yield. good luck

Gardeners' World Web User 03/01/2009 at 12:55

I'd be interested to read people's views of purple carrots with respect to taste. I am tempted to try them this year but am a bit worried the taste will not be as good as orange. I seem to recall reading this somewhere but can't remember where!!

Gardeners' World Web User 06/01/2009 at 13:16

Good luck! I've never grown asparagus before.....is it hard?

Gardeners' World Web User 09/01/2009 at 16:07

Good luck with the asparagus hope you have good slug control.I'm going to try carrots this year because they came up allover the boarders last year and we had'nt even planted any so hopefully we'll get a good crop.

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